Files moved to system area by mistake

On an XP home laptop, a number of folders were moved into a folder named: a36e72f0f6de44ca061ff8f5 (system folder that has i386 and other folders) and are now Read Only so they can't be moved or copied back to where they belong.

How can we reset the attributes so they can be copied or moved? I've tried a couple of programs from web but none seem to work as neither does Win Explorer.


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Try XCopy

Open a command prompt and try copying these files with the XCopy command.

Description of XCopy and the switches available - - might be useful for copying Read Only files.

Description of how to use the Command Prompt in XP -

Hope that helps.

Any idea how this happened? And what folders were transferred across?


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Xcopy won't copy either

Tried both xcopy and xxcopy and both wouldn't copy the files. xcopy says Access denied and xxcopy says copy failed. I'm using xxcopy src des /M same for xxcopy.

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Just a few ideas.

1. Try XP TAKE OWNERSHIP on google.
3. Try both 1 and 2.
4. Boot a Linux Live CD (no install) and move it there. No Linux skill required.

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